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'Ellen'

Man Dies

After Winning Australian Trip On TV Show

12/19/2013 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A Marine died in a parachute accident last weekend -- during a trip his wife won on the "Ellen" show.

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Cherilyn McGraw won a trip to Australia on "Ellen" last January.  Cherilyn and her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw, took the trip last week.  On Saturday, the two of them went skydiving in the same plane.  Cherilyn made a tandem jump, but Brandon was experienced and followed by jumping solo.

An employee from the skydiving school tells TMZ ... approximately 300 feet from the ground, Brandon's parachute suddenly caused him to turn radically right and left and he crashed to the ground.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Cherilyn posted a message on Facebook with photos inside the plane before the jump, saying, "My hero. My angel.  These are truly such symbolic photos.  He was happy and doing what he loved."

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BZBUM    

Better than dying while sitting on the couch OD'ing on Cheetos while watching Ellen. Live life like there will be no tomorrow...

218 days ago
17.

flmermaid    

Brandon was such a handsome guy. I know he died doing what he loved best but this is a real tragedy. Ellen should write a big check to the family to help pay for funeral costs.

218 days ago
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bmwm369    

Well we now know that he was not an angel. Angels can fly.

218 days ago
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BZBUM    

Better than dying on the couch OD'ing on Cheetos while watchin Ellen. Live life like there is no tomorrow!

218 days ago
20.

The Rick    

Article doesn't say what injuries he died of.

218 days ago
21.

cindy    

Ellen found out that the guy was a fan of Duck Dynasty and sabotaged his parachute. We all know how "tolerant" gay people are when you don't agree with them.

218 days ago
22.

cindy    

Ellen found out that the guy was a fan of Duck Dynasty and sabotaged his parachute.

218 days ago
23.

LunarJunk    

Aww I'm so sorry for your lost! RIP

218 days ago
24.

double d    

Damn

218 days ago
25.

Smichaud84    

For those of you with your immature comments, grow the **** up. This man was one of my close friends. He was also a special forces US Marine who just returned home from Afghanistan. This report is completely wrong and of course this pitiful site would maximize on it. I highly suggest this article be removed immediately!!!!!

218 days ago
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Smichaud84    

To boot, if it's not removed, it will be reported. This is not something that needs to be blasted on a tabloid.

218 days ago
27.

Mikey    


Ellen Kills Heterosexual Man

218 days ago
28.

Nicoleasm    

See everyone, there is nothing bad about posting pictures like this. It was a time a happiness for this wife, and she'll look at it as such. Everyone had an issue with pics of Paul Walker smiling and laughing right before and during his fateful drive, calling it insensitive to post. But it's not, it's what what you want to remember, that your loved one was happy

218 days ago
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jaysin    

Are you all serious cracking jokes right now? What kind of person goes and says Oh a man died let's make jokes in the comments. Tell me how would you feel if someone you loved died and you saw someone making jokes? Its not funny at all it's immature. This man deserves your RESPECT!

218 days ago
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roz777    

First of all, these comments are rediculous. This man was our friend. He fought for every single one of you, and his country. He was an amazing man. This is heartwrenching and tragic. I cannot believe you people can say these things, I am embarrassed for you all, and you should feel awful. What if it was your husband or son or brother? Proves how ignorant and ****ing rediculous people are. RIP Brandon.

218 days ago
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